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University of Maryland to Install Solar Power

On Valentines Day, the University of Maryland, College Park agreed to install one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar energy systems in the entire state atop its Severn Building -- a building that stands roughly one mile away from the main College Park campus. University officials also announced that they will use a $630,000 grant from the state's Sunburst Initiative Program to fund a majority of the installation. The Sunburst funds are meant to help fund renewable energy projects at public buildings throughout the state, and the University of Maryland is one of the first public schools in the state to receive funding through the program. The rest of the $2.6 million project will be funded by Washington Gas Energy services.

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Public Meetings On 'Solar Zones' in Western U.S. Slated for February, March

In preparation for a big expansion of solar energy projects on public lands in six western states, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will host a number of public meetings in the areas that will be most affected by the projects.

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IKEA Aims to Extend Solar Power Trend to Costa Mesa

After announcing in October 2010 plans power eight of its stores and warehouses throughout California with solar energy, the Swedish furniture and home product retailer IKEA made it known last week that it isn't done yet.

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Milk Street Solar Energy Farm Set To Go Live In Massachusetts

Less than four months after proposing the construction of a solar farm to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation, Solarflair Energy and Westboro 21 South Street Inc. are jut about finished building the Milk Street solar farm -- a 240-kilowatt (KW) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installation in Westboro Massachusetts.

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Maricopa Solar Plant One Step Closer to Reality in Arizona

The proposed Crossroads Solar Energy Project in Mariposa County, Arizona, is one step closer to construction today after SolarReserve -- the Los Angeles, California-based utility-scale solar project developer -- earned two Certificates of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) from the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee.

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India Poised to Meet Solar Energy Goal

Today, India's renewable energy secretary announced that the country will soon reach an important benchmark on its way to meeting its 2020 solar energy target.

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San Francisco Completes Biggest Muni Solar Project in California

Big news came out of San Francisco this morning, as Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the completion of the Sunset Reservoir Solar Project, which the city claims is the largest municipal solar installation in California. Recurrent Energy, the solar project developer that installed the 24,000-panel system and will own and operate it, took things a step further by calling it one of the largest such projects in the entire country.

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Audi to Add More Solar Panels Atop its German Facility

The worldwide leader in solar power -- Germany -- is set to add a little more energy capacity to its resume this week, as Audi yesterday announced plans to expand the solar photovoltaic (PV) system that currently sits atop the car maker's manufacturing facility at Ingolstadt, in the southern part of the country.

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Nevada Solar Project is Now Nation's Largest PV Plant

The largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the United States was completed last week, as Arizona-based First Solar finished building the Copper Mountain Solar Facility in Boulder City, Nevada, 40 miles east of Las Vegas.

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Global Solar Power Capacity to Reach 980 Gigawatts by 2020, Group Says

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, December 3 2010 under: Sustainability, Solar Industry News, large scale solar, Climate Change, SEIA

A new report released yesterday by the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA) predicts that, by 2020, global solar capacity could reach 980 gigawatts. One gigawatt (GW) is enough to power roughly 200,000 American homes.

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